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Honesty is Such a Lonely Word. Especially in Dubai.

Posted by Glezele Vayne on February 23, 2010

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The answer is self-evident to me. But just in case you’re wondering about it —

Introduction

The dark side of Dubai

“Dubai was meant to be a Middle-Eastern Shangri-La, a glittering monument to Arab enterprise and western capitalism. But as hard times arrive in the city state that rose from the desert sands, an uglier story is emerging. Johann Hari reports.

A few brief excerpts:

“Every evening, the hundreds of thousands of young men who build Dubai are bussed from their sites to a vast concrete wasteland an hour out of town, where they are quarantined away. Until a few years ago they were shuttled back and forth on cattle trucks, but the expats complained this was unsightly, so now they are shunted on small metal buses that function like greenhouses in the desert heat. They sweat like sponges being slowly wrung out.

“Sonapur is a rubble-strewn patchwork of miles and miles of identical concrete buildings. Some 300,000 men live piled up here, in a place whose name in Hindi means “City of Gold”. In the first camp I stop at – riven with the smell of sewage and sweat – the men huddle around, eager to tell someone, anyone, what is happening to them.”

Click here to read the full article….

Hat tip: Tamar Yonah’s audio entitled Dubai’s Alter-Ego, found at Israel National Radio.

So, this makes me wonder, how reliable are the claims of Dubai vis-a-vis those now famous CCTV videos which they were able to unravel in mere 24 hours?? I don’t mind the idea of the Mossad carrying out a hit of senior Hamas operative al-Mabhouh. I just think Dubai is probably not the most reliable source for such information.

From Glezele Vayne

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